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Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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BA SCORE
70
okay

548 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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jsawicki603

Maryland

2.1/5  rDev -30%

This is Kenya's attempt at the american (ie Budweiser) lager. The beer pours a nice golden color with a large head. The head disappates quickly but a lace remains for the entire glass. The malty taste was a little dry which sticks in your mouth after you swallow. Leaves the tongue dry and slightly metallic. A dry lager, not undrinkable but could use some work.

09-01-2007 16:35:59 | More by jsawicki603
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bgildea

Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -30%

A: Looks extremely pale, poured almost looking like water. Head faded quickly, with some lacing.

S: Sweet smell, little beyond the malts.

T: Eh, tastes like a better version of Budlight. Nothing great at all, pretty big strike to me.

M: Very thin, no real substance to it.

D: About as drinkable, as a Budlight. I hope i can finish it.

Overall: I am not a big fan of these "Pale Lagers" and maybe that' because the only ones I drink are the Macro brews. So if there are some good Pale Lagers out there, then I am just not aware of them. But this beer is a slightly better version that any of the main Macro brews. If you only like macro brews, then you can drink this to make yourself look cultured.

05-09-2010 01:27:36 | More by bgildea
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Daredevil

Switzerland

2.08/5  rDev -30.7%

as our Native African friends conquer the world, their brew (and other food items) seem to follow them .... honestly, I am not an enthousiast of African cuisine (actually one of the 3 most horrible culinary experience was in a Nigerian restaurant in London), and as a fact I will neither become an enthousiast of African brews ... this one smells and tastes rather odd: grenadine paired with motor oil and valerian ... at least the label is quite interesting

08-27-2009 21:05:32 | More by Daredevil
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -30.7%

500ml bottle
4.2%
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a translucent gold with a thin white head. The aroma was grainy with a hint of malt and some yeast. The mouthfeel was thin with high carbonation. The taste was grassy as with a lot of macro style lagers

09-19-2007 21:13:46 | More by cyrenaica
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largadeer

California

2.05/5  rDev -31.7%

Clear beer-like appearance. Almost water-like, maybe a shade lighter than water, sort of like pee when you've had a lot of water to drink, with about as much head.

The nose is butter and corn. Sweet, slick, curiously cloying for such a light beer.

Sweet and slick, the diacetyl is somewhat overbearing here. Buttery with a smattering of cooked vegetables and frozen white corn. Almost crisp, but the buttery slickness really impairs both the flavor and texture. Finishes sweet, grainy, corny. This is actually quite bad.

09-26-2009 01:37:33 | More by largadeer
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hooligan

Florida

2.05/5  rDev -31.7%

Pale, straw beer, chill hazy with heavy lacy head.

Smell of malt and buttered corn. Not much else.

Unique butter diacetyl and corn sweetness upfront, almost like a butterscotch. Faintly perceptible hop character, with almost enough bitterness to cut the malt sweetness, leaving a slight "cloy" on the palate.

Thin, with a very fizzy character.

Reminds me of Red Stripe with the heavy "sweet buttered corn" flavor, but not as good.

08-25-2008 00:55:37 | More by hooligan
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harrymel

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -31.7%

Blind #8- 12oz bottle

A: Light straw ale with brilliant clarity, when held to my pc screen, pretty sure the pixels are amplified for visual assessment. Single finger of white foam falls quickly to a sheet of the same with a central cap. the Collar hugs the glass, but doesn’t keep around - no lacing. (3)

S: Grain, minerals. Reminds me of a Picpoul wine. Very French/mineral and chemical smells. Hints of banana and yeast. Wouldn’t call this complex. (2)

T: Watered down vitamin water with carbonation. When I say vitamin water, I’m talking a One-A-Day pill, crushed and mixed into a solute, then carbonated. Hint of butter. (2)

M: light and still sticky - seems to stick to my palate and dries it to an extent. Highly carbonated. (2)

O: Not really feeling this beer. (2)

Guess: lager of some kind. Cheap.
Reveal: Tusker lager from Kenya.

Not surprised.

05-29-2011 09:21:14 | More by harrymel
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apasternak

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -33.3%

10-05-2013 00:27:11 | More by apasternak
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -33.3%

12-26-2011 04:03:24 | More by ZacharyJ
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -33.3%

06-27-2014 22:32:02 | More by bostonryan
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.3%

11-19-2011 04:20:53 | More by jmdrpi
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mwar

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -33.3%

12-02-2012 21:27:41 | More by mwar
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atrocity

Virginia

2/5  rDev -33.3%

06-14-2014 23:56:14 | More by atrocity
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Kharkov

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.3%

03-30-2012 21:23:03 | More by Kharkov
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getkrunkhoe

California

2/5  rDev -33.3%

08-18-2014 15:22:46 | More by getkrunkhoe
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -33.3%

Pale yellow with a rough white head. Nothing special to look at. Gives up a little bit of lace as you go.

Sharp and bitter, quite watery in nature. Nothing special comes out of the glass at you by way of taste or aroma. A slightly sweet lemony smell can be detected early on. Gives way to bread or grain.

Unmemorable.

.

08-22-2003 22:33:31 | More by TerryW
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hardy008

Minnesota

1.96/5  rDev -34.7%

Clear light gold with a one finger white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has cooked corn and is somewhat sour and unpleasant.

The taste has a combination of sweetness from the malt and a bit of the sourness I picked up in the aroma. Doesn't seem to come together very well.

Light bodied with average carbonation. Nothing special here, just a typical Adjunct Lager. I am glad I had a chance to try this. Too bad the beer wasn't better.

05-11-2013 04:29:51 | More by hardy008
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -35%

Freshness date on Label says bottled 19 aug. 2010.
elephant head image on bottle cap. At least he looks happy.

I've only just popped the cap and this beer is giving me a headache from the whatever is wafting out...this smells malty and dirty.

pours a pale golden with small white head. sticky lacing.

smelling mostly malt..corn. a bit of hops.

cardboard. crisp dry and thin. and more cardboard.

chalky, sandy residue.
I'm guessing this stuff needs to be sampled fresh and then it would be a passable light lager. but this bottle is awful

01-21-2011 02:37:51 | More by paxkey
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stephendr

California

1.95/5  rDev -35%

335 ml. bottle- color of bight yellow, with a thin white small bubbled head – light sweet nose of corn , perfume , melon , straw, and hits of detergent – taste of cantaloupe , slight straw , and light bitterness– body is watery , dry , and lightly carbonated – aftertaste of , sweet corn , soapy , and rotten melon

03-21-2007 05:03:14 | More by stephendr
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illidurit

California

1.95/5  rDev -35%

Pours light clear gold with a big white head. Aroma is cereal, sweet breads, corn. Very muted. Flavor is mainly corny sweetness with pilsener-ish grains, some hay and zero hops. Sticky and not refreshing. About what I was expecting from a Kenya pale lager...

11-02-2009 10:24:47 | More by illidurit
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Murrhey

Montana

1.93/5  rDev -35.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. No best-by date visible.

A- Half a finger white head. Soapy looking with large, glassy bubbles. Fades quickly. Some spotty lacing. Crystal clear pale-golden color. Looks like a Budweiser.

S- Sour malts and soapiness. Actually surprisingly fruity and sour. Not sure if that is intentional or not. Light fruits and light lager smell.

T- Funky malts, gave me the goosebumps. Extremely watery taste, and what is beyond the water is some sour mash kind of maltiness. Definitely more flavorful than some American lagers, but not by much.

M- Carbonated water.

O- For as bad the score I'm giving it, it is actually fairly drinkable. It would be hard not to be considering it is so watery.

03-28-2012 04:12:26 | More by Murrhey
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

1.9/5  rDev -36.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn and other adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with your typical macro adjunct sweetness with flavors of corn and grain. There's a very thin malt character and an almost insignificant hops presence. However, there is a little bit more balance here than in other beer in the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth with very little crispness, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, but goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, it's a typical beer for the style but not one that I'd want to drink again if I had too many other choices.

10-14-2008 03:02:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Tastybeer007

Georgia

1.9/5  rDev -36.7%

Water water water water water water!!! This is like drinking bud light, except produced in Kenya

I wouldnt drink it again unless i'm on a bowling alley and its 10 the pitcher

no flavor, No smell, no taste of anything but water with a faint carbonation.

People mention sweet water. I didnt taste no sweetness. Just water

03-03-2012 03:35:10 | More by Tastybeer007
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n00tz

Georgia

1.9/5  rDev -36.7%

A - Really light gold body with a thin white head. Admittedly it is attractive for a light beer. Carbonation is steady and balanced.

S - Starch... corn and water maybe.

T - Light corn, water, and it might have been poured over some barley before being filtered and bottled. Not impressed at all.

M - Water. Filtered water. All the mouthfeel that could be associated with a filtered water.

D - If this is what Africa has to offer as a "Premium Quality Lager" I'll import my own if I visit.

12-10-2008 03:41:38 | More by n00tz
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Imbiber

New York

1.85/5  rDev -38.3%

The second of two Tusker beers sampled for review. 500ml brown bottle with ingredients listed, including corn syrup and sugar. Two months to go before the best before date.

Clear gold with an energetic white head as expected. Not much aroma, a little grassiness. Meek on taste, with mild balance of malt and hops and a little corny sweetness, which becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Corn butter at the finish.

I hope it doesn't give me a headache.

04-15-2006 19:59:48 | More by Imbiber
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.